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A Nevada volunteer looks to win national Pepsi Contest



When Arlene Williams began interviewing local volunteers for Nevada Volunteers, the nonprofit she served with, she realized how much fun it would be to write a blog about her conversations. She imagined traveling across Nevada, gathering stories and insights from volunteers in every corner of the state. What better way would there be to inspire Nevadans to volunteer than by telling the stories of those who do?

It’s a simple idea to help bring Nevadans together at a difficult time. Volunteering can not only be important to the community and those in need, but the greatest reward can be reaped by the volunteers themselves. Volunteering is known to improve a person’s health and outlook, and it is a great way to learn new skills or network for job possibilities. It can aid the transition from work to retirement, and it can be a great way to connect socially and have fun.

Traveling across the state, though, requires dollars, so Arlene submitted an idea for the Pepsi Refresh Everything grant competition. Nevada Volunteers will win a $25,000 grant to send her out on the road to blog about volunteering if enough Nevadans, or their families and friends throughout the US, vote for her project during this month of February. It takes just a minute a day to vote, and participants can vote once a day for the whole month. If the “On the Road” Blog idea gets enough votes to make it into the top ten in its category, then Arlene will be able to head out to towns across the state to capture the stories that await her.

To vote simply go to http://refresheverything.com/nevadavolunteers and sign up, then vote. It is free and there is even a great video by Arlene to watch. To get daily vote reminders, simply send your email address to [email protected]. Nevada is up against some stiff competition from the larger states, but if Nevadans can take a moment out of their day to vote, we can get this Nevada idea moving up toward the top of the list.

About Nevada Volunteers

Nevada Volunteers, formerly known as Nevada Commission for National and Community Service, creates countless opportunities for individuals, organizations, and businesses across Nevada to engage in volunteering and shape a culture of service and citizenship. Nevada Volunteers is the Governor’s Commission that administers AmeriCorps programs statewide, sponsors the annual Governor’s Points of Light Awards, and promotes volunteerism.  Since 1998, over 2,028 AmeriCorps members have served through Nevada Volunteers, providing 1,499,563 hours of service to northern, southern and rural communities.  Those members were awarded approximately $4 million in higher education awards, recruited 30,720 additional volunteers who donated 242,008 hours of volunteer service valued at $4,773,289.

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